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PlayStation 4 5.0 Beta System Update: How to get this game-changer

PlayStation 4 5.0 Beta System Update: How to get this game-changer

The most mega-large of updates to the base system UI and features of the PlayStation 4 (PS4) is available to the public now. While not every member of the public will be given access, the front door was effectively thrown open by Sony this week. All that lies between you and the next generation in PlayStation 4 software is a Sony guard at the door that checks to see if you're on the waiting list - so to speak.

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Be aware which Sony Xperia XA1 Ultra you buy if you need 4G LTE

Be aware which Sony Xperia XA1 Ultra you buy if you need 4G LTE

Not all smartphones are created equal. That pretty much is a fact of the mobile life. Sometimes, even those with the same name can differ in features, depending on the region. Just like the LG G6 with its Quad DAC enabled Korean model and wireless charging US model. It seems that Sony has followed suit but in a potentially more confusing way. Available in the US via Amazon or Best Buy, the Xperia XA1 Ultra supports 4G LTE networks in general, but only one of those will work with US bands.

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Amazon Prime Day deals: Don’t believe the hype 2017

Amazon Prime Day deals: Don’t believe the hype 2017

Amazon Prime Day 2017 isn't all that much better than the same event last year - and right now I'm going to explain why. One of the most major reasons why there's so much hype in Amazon Prime Day is the opportunity it brings to blogs VIA the Amazon Affiliate system. Granted, most blogs that make articles with affiliate links make certain to mention this in their articles - we've done it here in this very article, in fact. But not every deal is great - and in fact the vast majority of the stuff that's discounted on Prime Day is a deal of the worst kind - the kind that isn't much of a deal at all.

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Xperia XZ Premium is one of the toughest cookies

Xperia XZ Premium is one of the toughest cookies

Sony makes classy looking smartphones, although it has hung on to that look far too long. They also make very waterproof smartphones, being one of the first manufacturers to flaunt high IP ratings. They don’t, however, make very durable ones, or at least not by JerrryRigEverything’s standards. That seems to have finally changed with the Xperia XZ Premium, the company’s latest, greatest, most expensive, and, fortunately, most durable flagship to date.

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Sony might still have an Xperia “Compact” in the works after all

Sony might still have an Xperia “Compact” in the works after all

When Sony announced its new Xperia X flagship line last year, it seemed as if the company was finally bringing order to its chaos. Then earlier this year, it was reported to be trimming down its portfolio even further, focusing instead on its flagship and mid-range lines. Based on this latest AnTuTu sighting, however, Sony might be up to something and might actually have an Xperia XZ Compact still planned.

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PS4 games on PlayStation Now have finally landed

PS4 games on PlayStation Now have finally landed

After revealing as much earlier in the year, Sony has revealed that today is the day that PlayStation 4 games come to PlayStation Now. Thus far, PlayStation Now has been Sony's service for making PS3 games playable on PS4 and PC. With the addition of 20 PS4 games today, PS Now should become a lot more attractive to PS4 and PC players alike.

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Run the Xperia XZ Premium in 4K all the time with this trick

Run the Xperia XZ Premium in 4K all the time with this trick

The Sony Xperia XZ Premium is easily one of if not the most expensive flagships this year, at least for now. But if, for a moment, you ignore that price tag, you're actually left with a rather competitive high end smartphone with a very high-end screen. One of the very few, perhaps only two, 4K smartphone screens in the market. But for performance and battery life reasons, Sony doesn't make full use of that UHD screen all the time. But if you think it's well worth the consequences, you can easily force the Xperia XZ Premium to use that high density setting all the time with these relatively simple steps.

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Sony to finally launch wena “smart” watch bands in leather, steel

Sony to finally launch wena “smart” watch bands in leather, steel

It's been nearly two years since Sony revealed its "not a smartwatch" take on the wearable market. Born from its First Flight internal crowdfunding platform, Wena promised a way to enjoy the trappings of smartwatches without actually getting a smartwatch. Like many watch makers that followed, that promise is made real via bands that enclose all the smart electronics and functionality. And, finally, those Wena bands are finally hitting the market. In Japan at least.

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Sony is making vinyl records for the first time since 1989

Sony is making vinyl records for the first time since 1989

The demand for vinyl continues to climb, and in light of it Sony has started creating records for the first time since 1989. The announcement was made today by Sony Music Entertainment, which says production will be taking place at a factory located near Tokyo. The news comes in light of increased consumer interest in records, and not just old ones: we're seeing soundtracks increasingly launch on new vinyl, including the 'Ocarina of Time' soundtrack and the 'Last Guardian' soundtrack.

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Forget irises! Next Sony Xperia could have 3D face sensor

Forget irises! Next Sony Xperia could have 3D face sensor

Smartphone makers have been trying to make it easier for users to secure their smartphones without having to remember strong passwords and PINs. But aside from the fingerprint, which itself isn't infallible, very few technologies have offered both security and convenience in a single package. Even Samsung concedes it won't use its own iris scanning as the only authentication for Samsung Pay, for example. Sony, however, might have something better in mind, one that involves not only your eyes or even your face but your entire head as well.

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Newegg drops PlayStation VR price, but only briefly

Newegg drops PlayStation VR price, but only briefly

Though Sony spent a lot of time at E3 2017 focusing on its heavy hitters coming to PS4, it devoted some of its press conference to incoming games for the PlayStation VR as well. Games like Moss, The Inpatient, and Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim VR definitely have some PS4 owners excited, but considering the PSVR costs as much as a PS4 Pro, that might serve as a barrier to entry for those who would otherwise like to give VR a spin. Newegg seems to have something to say about that, discounting the PSVR today through its eBay store.

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OnePlus 5 release details and pre-order live today

OnePlus 5 release details and pre-order live today

Today the OnePlus 5 was revealed by the company during a special event broadcast live across the internet. This device has a 5.5-inch display with 1080p resolution and AMOLED technology as well as a dual-camera image and video capture system at its back - but it's the price that's most interesting of all. This is the most expensive device ever offered by OnePlus for any smartphone they've ever released.

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